For Immediate Release
September 22, 2021
For more information contact:
Children's Forum Staff Director
Phone: (301) 458-4082
Release of America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2021
New report features latest federal statistics on the well-being of children and families in the United States: The rates of adolescent depression increase and the percentage of children living in households with housing problems decreases.
The America's Children 2021 full report updates all 41 indicators of well-being across seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.
This year's publication highlights an increase in the prevalence of adolescent depression. In 2019, 16% of youth ages 12–17 had at least one major depressive episode, up from 14% in 2018.
Fewer children ages 0–17 lived in households with one or more of three housing problems: physically inadequate housing, crowded housing, or a housing cost burden of more than 30% of household income. In 2019, 38% of children ages 0–17 lived in households experiencing one or more of these housing problems, down from 39% in 2017.
Other highlights from this year's report include:
This report is published by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics and is posted on www.childstats.gov. Single hard copies are available free from the Government Printing Office (8660 Cherry Lane, Laurel, MD 20707; firstname.lastname@example.org).
1 Following U.S. Office of Management and Budget Statistical Policy Directive 14, poverty status is determined by comparing a family's (or an unrelated individual's) income to one of 48-dollar amounts called thresholds. For further details, see http://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/income-poverty/historical-poverty-thresholds.html.
2 The data for the 2016 birth year are from survey years 2017, 2018, and 2019. The recommended immunization schedule for children is available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child.html.